Proposing marriage is one of the most significant moments in a person’s life. As a wedding photographer I’ve had the privilege of capturing countless proposals, each unique. Here are some tips on what to say when you’re proposing, drawn from my experience behind the lens.

What to SAY When You Propose: A Photographer’s Thoughts

May 23, 2024

DC Proposal photographer Samia captures Kevin proposing to Dana at Bishops Garden in DC. It was a beautiful morning, and the cherry blossoms and spring flowers were in full bloom, creating the perfect backdrop for such a special moment.  

DC Proposal Photographer Samia captures Bishops Garden Proposal: Kevin and Dana

April 1, 2024

With so many stunning options to choose from, this location guide outlines the best Washington DC Engagement Photo Locations.  There are so many different kinds of locations in DC to choose from for your engagement session! Each location has a different feel, background, level busy-ness, light, color and overall vibe. This makes it so hard […]

Best Washington DC Engagement Photo Locations

March 21, 2024

Hugh and Sophie’s proposal at the Spanish Steps in DC was a beautiful and thoughtful moment captured in time.

DC Proposal at the Spanish Steps: Hugh and Sophie

March 12, 2024

Clark chose the perfect spot to propose to Amelia – Barca Social in Old Town Alexandria.

Old Town Alexandria Proposal at Barca Social: Clark and Amelia

March 12, 2024

One of my most memorable photography experiences was engagement photographs at Bon Air Rose Garden with Rebecca and Thomas, who are getting married this fall at 2941 in Merrifield, Virginia. For their engagement photos, we wanted to capture the essence of spring and chose the beautiful Bon Air Rose Garden in Arlington, Virginia as the […]

Bon Air Rose Garden Engagement Photos: Rebecca and Thomas

December 30, 2023

Scout and Austin are planning their wedding in Wyoming, but came to Virginia to visit family just in time to take engagement photos. We took these at Austin’s uncle’s house in the heart of Clifton Virginia. It was the perfect fall day, and we also got to play with Scout, their family horse, for a […]

Clifton Engagement Photos: Scout and Austin

November 30, 2023

I am so excited to share these Lansdowne Resort Couples Portraits with you! Megan and Morgan recently came out for some beautiful couples photos at the highly coveted Landsdowne Resort. This stunning venue provided the perfect backdrop for their summer portrait session in Virginia. The photoshoot at Lansdowne resulted in amazing images that truly showcased […]

Lansdowne Resort Couples Portraits: Megan and Morgan

October 3, 2023

engaged couple holding each other

If you’re looking for the perfect location to take engagement photos in Northern Virginia , look no further than Chatham Manor in Fredericksburg. This picturesque venue provides a stunning backdrop for your engagement session, giving you images that will be cherished for a lifetime. Chathom Manor is nestled in the heart of Fredericksburg, Virginia, offering […]

Engagement Photos in Northern Virginia: Maggie and Rich

September 20, 2023

Any couple considering a venue to take DC engagement photos in the summer should consider Bishop Garden. This charming location offers beautiful backdrops for capturing your love story. With its vibrant flowers, lush greenery, and picturesque scenery, Bishop Garden provides a delightful setting for your engagement session. Imagine strolling hand in hand through this peaceful […]

DC Engagement Photos: Sayeh and Jake

September 12, 2023

couple walking

One of the top locations for couples to take engagement photos is Stone Tower Winery. The winery is known for its stunning views and picturesque landscapes, which serve as the perfect backdrop for capturing Sophie and Kamal’s love story. There are so many things that make this venue special, but one of them is definitely […]

Stone Tower Winery Engagement Photos: Sophie and Kamal

September 4, 2023

If you’re looking for a breathtaking location for your engagement photos, perhaps you will find some inspirations from these Enid A. Haupt Garden photos.  This gorgeous garden, nestled right beside the iconic Smithsonian Castle in Washington D.C., offers the perfect backdrop for capturing your love story on film. One of the highlights of taking engagement […]

Enid A. Haupt Garden Photos: Katherine and Erwin

September 4, 2023

summer engagement photos at Morais Vineyard

I love to take summer engagement photos , especially at beautiful locations like Morais Vineyards. This vineyard, located in Bealeton, Virginia, offers a stunning backdrop for capturing your love and excitement before the big day. Engagement photos are a wonderful opportunity to create lasting memories and share your joy with friends and family. Morais Vineyards provides […]

Morais Vineyards Engagement Photos: Erin and Nick

September 4, 2023

couple at salamander resort

Salamander Resort is the perfect place to take engagement photos in Northern Virginia. Located in Northern Virginia’s charming Loudoun County, this resort provides the perfect backdrop for a really memorable engagement shoot.  The Salamander Resort offers a good mix of nature, elegance, and tranquility. There are so many options for variety in photos here: walking […]

Engagement Photos in Northern Virginia: Antonia and Maceo

August 28, 2023

These lincoln memorial engagement photos are some of my favorite photos I have taken at the DC monuments. What makes these photos so special is the story of Lauren and Patrick, who are to be married next spring. Lauren and Patrick actually met online and it didn’t take them long at all to discover that […]

Lincoln Memorial Engagement Photos: Lauren and Patrick

January 26, 2023

I am so excited to share these state Arboretum of Virginia engagement photos! The State Arboretum of Virginia located in Boyce, Virginia is one of the best locations for engagement photos if you are looking for all things gardens, open fields, and full trees. You can get a lot of variety just by walking around, […]

State Arboretum of Virginia Engagement Photos: Brittany and Dominic

September 11, 2022

This engagement photos Maryland session was one my favorite engagement sessions to date and I am so excited to share it with you! Paige and David actually met a month and a half before COVID started through Hinge. David had this amazing picture where he was eating noodles out of a backpacker’s food pouch grinning broadly. […]

Engagement Photos Maryland: Paige and David

August 26, 2022

Old Town Alexandria was the perfect spot for Virginia and Coy’s engagement photos and I am so excited to share this Old town photoshoot with you. Coy and Virginia met for their first date last May at a coffee shop in Alexandria, Virginia—just a few minutes away from George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate. They walked to […]

Old Town Photoshoot: Coy and Virginia Engagement Photos

June 30, 2022

These Old Town Alexandria engagement photos are some of my favorite to date! Shabnam and Josh actually met online. For their first date, they went to the Dubliner in DC, where they bonded over their love for Ireland and movies. Josh actually proposed to Shaby at the National Arboretum, which is one of their favorite […]

Old Town Alexandria Engagement Photos: Shabnam and Josh

May 26, 2022

library of congress engagement session

These Library of Congress engagement photos are some of my favorite to date! Karen and Mike actually met at an ice cream social. Karen’s roommate introduced them to each other but while Michael was trying to make moves, she was more focused on creating the perfect ice cream sundae.  Mike asked Karen out and for […]

Library of Congress Engagement Photos: Karen and Mike

May 16, 2022

national portrait gallery engagement walking together with whole building

I am so excited to add these National Portrait Gallery engagement photos to the portfolio! Marissa and Matt actually met on Bumble when Marissa had just moved to the area. They matched on a Friday, chatted all weekend long & Monday had our first date. For their first date, Matt’s sister in law recommend Clare & Dons […]

National Portrait Gallery Engagement Photos: Marissa and Matt

May 6, 2022

Alex and Zach lucked out with the sunset for their photos at the Kennedy Center earlier this month! The Kennedy Center is one of the best places for engagement photos because of it’s open space and natural light. Anywhere there is water or white walls nearby, there will be even and great light, and the […]

Kennedy Center Engagement Photos: Alex and Zach

April 11, 2022

Shelby and Red are the sweetest and their stylish Washington DC engagement photos were amazing to photograph! The two have been together since August 2017 after meeting at Reda’s uncle’s restaurant, where they were both working. It took them over a month to realize that they were more than friends but a kiss in Arlington […]

Washington DC Engagement Photos: Shelby and Reda

December 6, 2020

Ana and Chris’s DC Engagement Photos at Jack Rose was so special, and it’s even more special when you know the story of Ana and Chris. Their indoor engagement photos in dc was such a unique session! Ana and Chris actually met online! They messaged back and forth for a few weeks before going on […]

DC Engagement Photos at Jack Rose: Ana & Chris

November 23, 2020

Choosing the best location for your photos really important! I always encourage clients to pick a location that is meaningful and fitting to you. For example, if you don’t regularly hike in the Shenandoah then getting photos done out in park will be beautiful, but not as meaningful as somewhere that is truly special to […]

Location Guide | Washington D.C., Northern Virginia, and Maryland

October 21, 2018